National Fisherman

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging New York fishing businesses hurt by Hurricane Sandy to apply for funding through the state's recently approved Coastal Fishing Industry Grant Program.

The storm caused an estimated $58 million of damage to New York's recreational fishing sector and $19 million to its commercial fishing sector.

Under the program, eligible businesses will be able to apply for grants of as much as $50,000 to cover uncompensated losses.

"The New York recreational fishing industry was hit hard by Sandy, and we have a long road to recovery ahead," Regal Marine Products vice president Melissa Dearborn said in a statement. "Some are rebuilding from the ground up, many are struggling to get through difficult financial times, but all are resilient and determined to rebuild New York's fishing communities. As the weather warms and the headlines fade, those not in the trenches may forget how much work is still to be done. It is so encouraging to know that Gov. Cuomo and his staff have not forgotten us and are still working hard to get the financial assistance the recreational fishing industry so desperately needs. These grants are a first step toward that goal."

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NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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